High Price of Ink and Saving with BigCrumbs
My Old But Good Printer
Insanity of the HIgh Price of Ink
Watching TV, a comedian was saying that he just bought a new
printer for $46 and then paid $76 for the ink. I found this amusing and ironic
since I was expecting two shipments of ink cartridges anytime soon.
Why has ink gotten so expensive to replace? What type of profit
does the manufacturer get back on this? It has been told that the companies are
taking a loss with the selling price of printers. Some say that they sell printers at cost. Their intention is to make the money back every time you buy ink. It is very much the principal of buying the razor, then paying the high price for replacement blades. But how much should they really charge for ink? Haven’t they gone overboard on this?
To make matters worst, a printer that you bought last year
will be hard to find in the stores this year. Not to mention the ink for an
older printer. I have a Lexmark Z32 printer which I have had for seven or eight
years. Funny it really doesn’t seem that long. In the past, I have always had
one extra black and colored cartridge. I didn’t this time
around. My printer doesn’t always show when the ink is low. Until a week ago...when printing a document, nothing showed up. Not
even a light background of letters. Funny how everything printed out week before that.
I search all the stores in my hometown. Best Buy had the black ink only and it was priced for $36.99. They no longer carried the colored. Office Depot said they had both, but no longer could be bought as a pair. The black was priced for $37.99 and the colored for $42.99. For the two I would have had to pay $80.98 plus tax. For ink!!! Is this insane?
Time for New Computer
Don't Spill the Ink!
Ways to Save on Printer Ink
At Walgreens, I could get the ink refilled, which would have
been $12.99 each. That’s livable right? I brought the cartridges in, but they
both failed the test and were not usable. This has happened four separate
times. Though each time, I have received a ticket for 10 free photos for each ink
cartridge for my trouble. I’m not blaming anyone; obviously refilling works for
others who bring theirs in. Otherwise Walgreens wouldn’t be doing this. This
brought me back to my dilemma.
There was no way I was going to pay over $80 for ink at Office Depot. The
only answer was the internet. After looking around comparing prices, I went to
BigCrumbs to see what online ink stores were listed. Checking through the list,
I found that eBay had the best deal. I signed on to eBay through my BigCrumbs
account. This way whatever I bought on eBay I would get money back from my purchase (20% for Crumbearners and 36%
I ended up paying $16.99 for two colored cartridges and
$27.99 for two black and free shipping on both. Total came to $44.98. Plus an additional
savings with cash back from BigCrumbs.
The same four ink cartridges at Office Depot, it would have come
to $161.96 plus tax. What do you think? Did I get a good deal?
(Funny thing about eBay is that I have been a member for several years, but turned down for an affiliate ID to be able to put eBay on HubPages.com)
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